Swoffers is supporting local sportsman Naro Zimmerman as he takes on a non-stop 24-hour swim for charity.
Swim24 starts at noon on Saturday 7th September in the pool at St Sampson’s High School and Naro has already raised more than £5,000 for two local charities; This is Epic and the Eleanor Foundation.
Throughout the 24 hours, Naro will be supported by teams of swimmers including Ross Yeates, manager of Swoffers’ Lettings and Property Management Department.
‘I’ve told Naro that I will swim alongside him whenever he needs it during the 24 hours,’ said Ross.
‘This is an extremely tough challenge and I’m sure Naro is going to need to see a friendly face or two in the early hours of the morning when he’s going to be feeling pretty exhausted.’
Naro has been training hard for the swim which will not only be physically draining but also mentally challenging.
‘I’ve done lots of reading and listened to podcasts by people who have completed similar endurance challenges such as Ross Edgley (the first person in history to swim all the way around Great Britain).
When asked about the physical effects of being in the water for 24 hours, Naro said: ‘It’s all a bit unknown and will be a case of trial and error. I know that chlorine is bad for your skin.’
He estimates he will need to consume around 20,000 calories during the challenge.
‘When it gets dark through to sunrise is going to be the most difficult time to get through. It’s going to hurt’.
Naro is adamant he wants to have a positive impact, which is why he chose such a massive challenge.
Funds raised will allow the Eleanor Foundation to develop the Shallow Well Programme, delivering clean and sustainable water to rural communities in north-west Tanzania.
‘It is all for a great cause and I have seen how the money raised can help those who have to walk for days just to get water,’ he said.
This Is Epic will use funds for its latest project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, enabling marginalised communities to rise out of poverty through the development of village savings and loans groups.
To support Naro, visit his JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nzswim24